Emily Alise Prifogle
Fields of Study: 20th Century American Legal History, Social Movements
Advisor: Hendrik Hartog
Emily Prifogle uses a legal and policy background to inform her historical research on twentieth century American social movements. Broadly, she is interested in tactics used by social movements to create legal change, and in turn, how law and legal institutions have shaped tactics available to social movement actors. Through the lens of local level studies, Emily is particularly concerned with the consequences of choosing legal strategies for broader social movement goals. Questions of class, race, and gender are central to her evaluation of these themes as she focuses on uncovering marginalized voices within the movements. One current project examines the ERA ratification movement in Indiana, and a second project explores the life of Hans Curt Muller, the defendant in Muller v. Oregon.
Emily holds a B.A. from Indiana University in History and Art History. Before starting her Ph.D. at Princeton, she completed a M.Sc. in Comparative Social Policy at Oxford University and a J.D. at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. Her law review note concerns the hidden civil rights activism behind the landmark constitutional decision, Chambers v. Mississippi (101 Calif. L. Rev. 445 (2013)).